Microsoft has taken another step in replacing the OneNote UWP app (officially called OneNote for Windows 10) with a new unified version based on the classic desktop app. The company has just announced that you will no longer be able to find the OneNote UWP app on the Microsoft Storeand instead you’ll see the new OneNote app available for download.
However, it’s not the end of support for the OneNote UWP app just yet. The listing for the app still exists, but you need a direct link to it if you want to download it. The app itself is also supported until October 2025, but it won’t get any new features, since the focus will be on the new unified app. You will also be prompted to upgrade to the new app for the best experience.
Microsoft announced plans to create a unified OneNote app over a year agostating that it would rely on the classic OneNote desktop app that comes with Microsoft 365. That version was actually discontinued in 2016, so it was a major shift in strategy.
Over the past year, the classic app design has been modernized and new features have been added, so the experience should feel much closer to the UWP app. New features include dictation, ink to form conversion, and more.
Better support for active pens
With the Windows 11 Update 2022 update, Microsoft has also integrated OneNote more tightly with Active Pens. Now, you can press the button on the top of Surface Pen (and other pens with a button) to start writing a quick note without launching the full OneNote app.
The new OneNote app can be downloaded in different ways. You can download it standalone from the Microsoft website, and it is also included in Microsoft 365, but now you can also get it from the Microsoft Store from this link. If you still prefer the OneNote UWP app, you can download it here.
The application was not found in the store. 🙁